Energy Transition Day

The Future of Energy


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We need the global transition to clean power to be at least four times faster than it is at present. The power sector accounts for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. As demand for energy grows, the power sector must grow and decarbonise in parallel. Dramatic cost reductions in solar and wind energy mean that renewables are now cheaper than new coal in most parts of the world, and bring benefits via improved air quality, energy access and security, and creating jobs in new industries.

Attendees joined to discover more about the future of energy from industry experts, sharing their thoughts of how the energy mix, working alongside important technology advancements and infrastructure, will empower our region to lead the world in a global transition.


Ruth Herbert discussed the vital role Carbon Capture & Storage Association plays in supporting the development of a UK carbon capture supply chain to support domestic jobs and local manufacturing, helping to deliver clean regional growth and the industrial transition to a low-carbon economy, boosting UK prosperity and supporting the government's 'levelling up' agenda helping to achieve the UK’s climate goals.  

David Theakstone presented the collaborative impact of the industry-led decarbonisation project Humber Zero, and how it will provide a low-carbon industrial future for our region, job creation and contribution to the local economy.

Clark Macfarlane discussed Siemens Gamesa’s crucial role in the green energy transition, including achieving those critical offshore wind targets by 2030, alongside ow Siemens Gamesa is well prepared to face future challenges in the industry, with cutting-edge technological solutions bringing significant environmental benefits to its customers in the global transition toward a more sustainable and low-carbon economy.

Emma Toulson will be highlighted the transformation that Ørsted has achieved moving from a conventional power generation company to a pure play renewables company over the last decade or so. The UK is Ørsted’s leading market in generating offshore wind with now nearly 5GW installed and enough to power around 4.4 million homes. Drawing on recent case studies such as Gigastack and Oyster based in the Humber, Jane will then lead into describing the next logical step in the journey to look at how offshore wind can be used to generate green hydrogen to decarbonise industry and long-ranging/heavy transport.

Sophie Al-Mudallal shared her story on why she applied for the Aura CDT and what role she would like to play in the future of the offshore wind sector, environmental protection and sustainability.


Ruth Herbert: "CCS is a necessity now, it’s not a nice to have, and it is essential to help us hit our net zero targets."

"We are well placed to take the lead in a global industry and take a significant share of this global market. We could claim £4.5bn in GVA exports per year by 2040."

"Two CCS clusters will be brought forward immediately by Government – including the Humber, which is part of the East Coast Cluster."


David Theakstone: "Capturing up to 8m tonnes of CO2 per year, Hydrogen produced by Humber Zero will power 1m homes."

"The Humber is biggest industrial cluster in the UK, and emits 40% of the UK’s emissions.

"The Humber Zero project would maintain the region as a key UK industrial powerhouse and create a specialist region, a global model for low-carbon industry."


Clark Macfarlane: “Energy transition isn’t something we just started, it’s something we’re continuing, and something that we need to accelerate.”

“When people saying energy transition is about a product, what I would say is it’s about working as a team, then we will be able to create and maintain the momentum and the jobs in order to make it happen.”


Emma Toulson: “We’ve taken offshore wind from quite an expensive way to generate energy to a credible and viable source of power.”

“We’re looking at the potential of wind, using electrolysis to create hydrogen as a renewable fuel to decarbonise heavy industry.”

“Heavy industry coupled with huge windfarms off the coast of the Humber that can provide the power to create clean hydrogen means that this is a fantastic place to demonstrate decarbonisation of a major industrial cluster.”


Sophie Al-Mudallal: “While offshore wind and the decarbonisation of energy is fantastic, it is crucial that we limit its impact on marine biology as much as possible.”


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